It's tough for humans to predict how well a book will sell until after it's published—it's something of a gamble. But now, a new algorithm can tell if a book will be a commercial success or not long before it hits the shelves—with a staggering 84 percent accuracy.
To many of us, the government shutdown is inexplicable: a crazy situation, brought about a minority faction over a bill that's already been passed into law. But for math professor Peter Turchin, it was entirely predicable.
Even with a fancy A5 processor or who-knows-how-many-core Snapdragon chip, smart phones sometimes can't quite keep up and apps take far longer to load than we'd really like. A team of engineers, however, is building software that predicts the future in order to speed things up.
Well, that and know a lot about the subject of your predictions. That's the idea behind new research coming out of Columbia, which claims people who trust their feelings are more likely to make accurate predictions than those who don't.
Predicting when a complex system will go through a sudden change is hard — either you need vast swathes of information, or you make rather bad predictions. But we want to spot critical transitions before they happen, regardless of whether we're talking about irreversible damage to coral reefs, stock market crashes,…
Generally, the future is so chaotic that there's no way of guessing what will come next. But one area is so obvious, so repetitive, so completely and utterly predictable that it's a breeze to guess what's coming next: pop music.
Tomorrow Tim Cook will be talking iPhone and perhaps something else. Here's a list of all the things you can expect:
The Axial Seamount is an undersea volcano located 250 miles off the Oregon coast. It's one of the most active underwater volcanoes in the world, and it's just started erupting. For the first time ever, scientists saw that eruption coming.
Predictive Medical Technologies has developed a system that can mine the medical data of a patient—lab reports, monitors, nurse notes, etc.—and predict whether that patient will suffer from cardiac arrest or respiratory failure within 24 hours.
An upcoming study claims that test subjects were able to accurately predict future events—and that pornography was one of the tools used in research for the project. Crazy, right?
The secret of the bull and the bear are in the bird and the whale: Twitter can be used to predict the stock market behavior with an accuracy of 87.6%. In other words: Justin Bieber controls the world's economy.
Train stations in the UK sometimes broadcast mosquito noises that are so high-pitched they can only be heard by those under 25 years of age, but Japan's taken it one step too far with this age prediction gadget.
Imagination Technologies, which was responsible for the PowerVR SGX GPU chip in the iPhone 3GS, just announced the next version in the same line. Hence, this might be the next-gen iPhone GPU. And it's a nice chip.
It sounds like voodoo, but NASA researcher Friedemann Freund is so convinced he's discovered the secret to predicting earthquakes that he's put up $1 million dollars of his own money to fly a group of satellites into Earth orbit to test his theory. The instruments could be up in as little as two years, looking for…
Take this with a grain of salt, a saltine, and the Bonneville Salt Flats, but the Diffusion Group says Microsoft is preparing to be thinking about getting poised to enter the portable gaming market.